STEEL PARTNER

United States Steel Corporation is dedicated to the automotive industry and is continuously researching and developing new grades and processes. Each automobile component is designed to unique conditions and criteria such as durability, crash energy management, appearance, formability, and cost. Steel has the best combination of engineering capability versus material cost. Steel is formable, weldable, strong and has state-of-the-art coating that will help resist corrosion. In addition, it is cost effective and has good surface appearance.

The U. S. Steel Automotive Center gives us the ability to perform  using state-of-the-art equipment enabling automotive engineers to evaluate any potential application whether it be questions on weight reduction, cost savings, formability, crash energy management or material availability.

SIMULATION PARTNER

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ESI Group is a leading innovator in Virtual Prototyping software and services. Specialist in material physics, ESI has developed a unique proficiency in helping industrial manufacturers replace physical prototypes by virtual prototypes, allowing them to virtually manufacture, assemble, test and pre-certify their future products. Coupled with the latest technologies, Virtual Prototyping is now anchored in the wider concept of the Product Performance Lifecycle™, which addresses the operational performance of a product during its entire lifecycle, from launch to disposal. The creation of a Hybrid Twin™, leveraging simulation, physics and data analytics, enables manufacturers to deliver smarter and connected products, to predict product performance and to anticipate maintenance needs.

ESI solutions help world-leading OEM’s and innovative companies in making sure that their products will pass certification tests – before any physical prototype is built – and that new products are competitive in their market space. Virtual Prototyping addresses the emerging need for products to be smart and autonomous and supports industrial manufacturers in their digital transformation.

Today, ESI’s customer base spans nearly every industry sector. The company employs about 1200 high-level specialists worldwide to address the needs of customers in more than 40 countries.

FASTENER / JOINING PARTNERS

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We are seating. ATF develops and manufactures a broad range of seating components and assemblies used in a variety of automotive seating applications.

Our products include shoulder bolts, bolt and crush washer assemblies, couplers, lead screw brackets, spline gear shafts, seat actuation spindles and more.

Our joint venture partner, Rifast®, is an expert in clinch fasteners and installation tooling and equipment. Rifast® products can be found in seat rails, seat tracks and side panels.

For all of your engineered fasteners, formed and stamped components, assemblies and clinch fasteners, rely on ATF and Rifast®.

CO-SPONSORS

Accenture

The Detroit Industry X.0 Innovation Center located in the manufacturing core of America, allows you to tackle your toughest, most complex industry challenges and keep pace with rapid change. In this creative, industrial space you’ll work alongside our Industry X.0 specialists, industry partners and research experts to challenge common wisdom and develop entirely new ways to deliver growth and higher efficiency from connected products and services, customer experiences and operations.

Faurecia, one of the world’s leading automotive technology companies, teamed up with Accenture to combine innovation expertise and co-invest in developing and scaling products and services for connected and autonomous vehicles.

Faurecia sought Accenture’s help in making this profound shift and bringing new digital products and services for connected and autonomous vehicles to market quickly. Faurecia collaborated with Accenture to develop new capabilities to develop and deliver these products and services, as well as support them in the field. The five-year agreement aims to reinvent the onboard experience for passengers and accelerate mobility services innovation.

Accenture, Faurecia and Affectiva Team to Develop the Car Cabin of the Future

The “Connected Car Lab” focuses on improving driver safety and enhancing passengers’ infotainment experience

Faurecia and Affectiva are collaborating to innovate driver safety and in-car infotainment for occupants. The “Connected Car Lab” is a digital product and service innovation facility that fits into a car to allow Faurecia, one of the world’s leading automotive technology companies, to ideate, test and develop applications and experiences for the car cabin of the future.

The Connected Car Lab, which was developed with help from Accenture Industry X.0, features a connected vehicle platform that gathers data about driver behavior and conditions inside the car cabin as well as outside the vehicle. By using artificial intelligence (AI) and other innovative technologies — including integrated smart sensors, wearables and in-car video cameras — the data is used to detect and assist the driver with safety issues, such as drowsiness, attention, posture discomfort and temperature.

Accenture and Faurecia are using the “Connected Car Lab” to reinvent the consumer driving experience by feeding real driving data back into the design and engineering of future products and services, which makes it the latest test bed for cutting-edge digital services.

Developed at Faurecia’s Digital Service Factory with the support of Accenture, the Connected Car Lab leverages Affectiva’s Automotive AI to unobtrusively monitor emotional and cognitive states of the driver and other passengers from facial and vocal expressions. Affectiva is a Human Perception AI pioneer. These and other innovative digital technologies enable enhanced safety and always-on connectivity.

Maxence Tilliette, a managing director for Industry X.0, Accenture Industrial, said, “People are expecting the same level of comfort, safety, connectivity and entertainment in their cars as they get at home or in the office. The Connected Car Lab is an environment where we can quickly design, test, measure and improve onboard services. These production cars are equipped with a custom developed IoT platform that collects data from many sensors and that can also provide feedback through various actuators. This platform is agile and very flexible by design to allow us to quickly add and test new on-board experiences, powered by sensors, actuators and AI models.”

Gregoire Ferré, Chief Digital Officer of Faurecia, said: “This collaboration with Accenture is helping us to accelerate our digital transformation. The Digital Service Factory, co-hosted by Accenture and Faurecia, is helping our Product Development teams embrace new technologies and new ways of working. A multi-disciplinary team consisting of designers, developers, data scientist and business analysts is working together to develop great product innovation tools like the Connected Car Lab.”

“We’re delighted to be part of Accenture and Faurecia’s Connected Car Lab”, said Dr. Rana el Kaliouby, co-founder and CEO of Affectiva. “In next-generation vehicles, it will be critical for cars to understand what’s happening with the people inside of them to ensure road safety and optimize the in-cabin experience. Integrated with a platform like the Connected Car Lab, Affectiva’s Human Perception AI will unlock this awareness of all things human inside a vehicle, through a deep understanding of occupants’ moods, emotions, cognitive states, activities, interactions and more.”

Caresoft

Caresoft Global Limited is a leading engineering services provider to global OEM’s and Tier 1 Suppliers in the Automotive, Aerospace, Agricultural & Construction industries.

Headquartered in Illinois, USA Caresoft has delivery presence spread across the North America, Latin America, Europe and Asia. Based in the UK, Caresoft Global Recruitment is a newly formed entity of Caresoft Global.

The Engineering Services Division of Caresoft offers a wide range of domain driven solutions across Mechanical engineering, Electrical Engineering and Industrial manufacturing, while the Recruitment division specialises in providing Permanent and Contract technical staff across the UK and Europe.

element

As one of the leading providers of testing, inspection and certification services to many of the world’s leading organizations, Element has a clear understanding of its purpose.

Our team of over 6,700 Engaged Experts operate from over 188 locations in more than 30 countries on 5 continents, and deliver an extensive range of materials testing, product qualification testing, inspection, certification and advisory services to the global Aerospace, Fire & Building Products, Infrastructure & Environmental, Transportation and Oil & Gas sectors.

IHS-Markit

IHS Markit is the leading source of information and insight in critical areas that shape today’s business landscape. Customers around the world rely on us to address strategic and operational challenges.

We bring together the deepest intelligence across the widest set of capital-intensive industries and markets. By connecting data across variables, our analysts and industry specialists present our customers with a richer, highly integrated view of their world.

That is the benefit of The New Intelligence. We’re able to isolate cause and effect, risk and opportunity in new ways that empower our customers to make well-informed decisions with greater confidence.

IHS Markit is a dynamic team that includes more than 5,000 analysts, data scientists, financial experts and industry specialists. Our global information expertise spans numerous industries, including leading positions in finance, energy and transportation.

TOX-Pressotechnik has been providing equipment to the automotive sector, including seating, for over 30 years.

We have successfully integrated pneumatic, pneumo-hydraulic and roller screw presses into various seating assembly processes including track, frame and seat support assembly.

We have implemented processes ranging from TOX clinching of seat supports and riveting of rails to insertion of Norton bushings and other elements.

We have optimized processes to help our customers lower their manufacturing costs for a wide variety of subassemblies.

comau

Comau is a leading company in the industrial automation field, at a global level. Combining innovative engineering solutions with easy-touse, open automation and enabling technologies, Comau helps companies of all sizes – and across a wide range of industrial segments – leverage the full potential of digital manufacturing. Comau’s competency stems from over 45 years of field proven-experience and a strong presence within every major industrial country.

Comau develops Industry 4.0-enabled systems, products and services. The full portfolio includes: joining, assembly and machining solutions for traditional and electric vehicles, robotized  manufacturing systems, a complete family of robots (including collaborative and wearable robotics) with extensive range and payload configurations, autonomous logistics, and asset optimization services with real-time monitoring and control capabilities. The offering also extends to project management and consultancy, IoT services, and maintenance and training for a wide range of industrial segments. Its solutions support vehicle manufacturing, heavy industry, railway, renewable energy, and a wide variety of general industries.

lanxess

LANXESS is a leading specialty chemicals company with sales of EUR 9.1 billion in 2012 and roughly 17,500 employees in 31 countries. The company is currently represented at 52 production sites worldwide.

The core business of LANXESS is the development, manufacturing and marketing of plastics, rubber, intermediates and specialty chemicals. LANXESS is a member of the leading sustainability indices Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) World and FTSE4Good as well as the Carbon Disclosure Leadership Index (CDLI).

altair

Altair is a global technology company that provides software and cloud solutions in the areas of product development, high performance computing (HPC) and data analytics.

Altair enables global companies across many industries (automotive, aerospace, architecture & engineering, electronics, energy, financial services, life sciences and marine) to compete more effectively in an exponentially increasing connected world, all while creating a more sustainable future.

We are 2,000+ scientists, engineers and creative thinkers in 25 countries serving 5,000+ customers, and are most well-known for our engineering and design platform, which offers a wide range of multi-disciplinary CAE solutions that we believe is one of the most innovative and comprehensive offerings available on the market.

Altair employees worldwide share a tremendous pride in the entrepreneurial spirit and corporate culture based on transparency, honesty, innovation, and integrity.  This brings high value solutions for clients which integrate hardware, software, user experience and services.

Altair’s mission is to explore and unleash the limitless potential of the curious and creative mind by transforming product and business decision-making through simulation, data analytics and optimization solutions.

TG0 is a sensing technology company that is disrupting the way in which technology is integrated in Human-Machine Interfaces(HMIs) by turning inert materials into smartly designed intuitive gestural user interfaces. Our technology platform is based on a material and design-driven approach that brings together our unique application of conductive polymeric materials and traditional injection-moulding processes with a sophisticated patented surface engineering method and proprietary AI algorithms and machine learning software.

This technology can serve as a foundational component of the seat itself – both as a control surface and also as touch and pressure sensing foam inside it.

Frost&Sullivan

Frost & Sullivan, the Growth Partnership Company, works in collaboration with clients to leverage visionary innovation that addresses the global challenges and related growth opportunities that will make or break today’s market participants.

For more than 50 years, we have been developing growth strategies for the global 1000, emerging businesses, the public sector and the investment community.

Henkel

Henkel is the key partner and solution provider in the design, development, manufacture and maintenance of cars, trucks, aircraft, and transportation systems. Our high-performance adhesives and sealants allow customers to design and build advanced, lightweight constructions and enable seemingly conflicting aims such as higher speeds and lower fuel consumption.

Because we’re involved early in the design and development processes, we can provide tailor-made solutions to market challenges and needs. The result is a distinct competitive advantages as well as environmentally responsible and cost-effective operations.

The Power of Being Everywhere. In Every Car.

As the market leader in adhesives, sealants and functional coatings to the transportation industry, Henkel drives automotive designs forward by increasing performance, reducing weight, and enabling sustainability. Backed by extensive design capabilities, a broad product range and technical expertise, we deliver solutions for all segments of a vehicle.